Key Comments From Libra Hearing at US House of Representatives

The United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee heard testimony from from Facebook’s David Marcus, today July 17. Marcus, the CEO of the Calibra wallet service for the social media giant’s forthcoming Libra stablecoin, attempted to assuage regulators’ concerns regarding the project and educate lawmakers on its purpose and potential. Cointelegraph has compiled some …

Rep. Waters Opens Libra Hearing With Indictment of Facebook’s Past Mistakes

Today, lawmakers on the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee are meeting to discuss the possible effects of Facebook’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency project on the financial system.  As a Cointelegraph respondent reports on July 17, committee chair Rep. Maxine Waters has opened the hearing with an indictment of Facebook’s past behavior. In her …

Grayscale Investments Report Assets Under Management of $2.7B

Digital asset management fund Grayscale Investments has recorded an all-time high volume of assets under management of $2.7 billion. Per a Digital Asset Investment Report on Q2 2019 that Grayscale shared with Cointelegraph on July 16, the firm counted over $2.7 billion in assets under management as of July 15, 2019. The figure thus marks …

Polkadot Introduces Its Experimental Version Dubbed ‘Kusama’

Blockchain interoperability protocol Polkadot has introduced its “canary network” dubbed Kusama, which represents an experimental version of the protocol. In the blog post published on July 16, Polkadot presented an early, experimental version of the protocol called Kusama that is designed for real economic conditions. Kusama will purportedly enable developers to build and use a …

Waves CEO Sells His Stake in Blockchain Spin-Off Vostok

Founder of token issuance platform Waves has fully sold his stake in the firm’s blockchain spin-off Vostok to focus on the Waves Platform. Alexander Ivanov, CEO and founder of Waves, sold his stake in the Vostok, with global financial group GHP Group becoming the sole owner of the project, according to a press release on …

‘I’m All for Cryptocurrencies, I Like Competing Currencies’

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul says he is in favor of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology because he likes competing currencies. Ron Paul delivered his remarks in a “Squawk Alley” interview on CNBC on July 15. According to Paul, cryptocurrencies are a great idea, and governments should only step in to regulate the …

South Korea’s Biggest Credit Card Patents Blockchain Payments System

South Korea’s leading credit card firm Shinhan Card has been granted a patent for a blockchain payments system, English-language local media The Korea Times reports on July 15. Per the report, with the newly patented technology the company has established a blockchain-powered credit transaction process allowing for setting spending limits, paying in monthly installments and …

Hodler’s Digest, Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Trump tweets opposition to crypto, specifically Libra and Bitcoin Shrinking violet Donald …

Who Is Heath Tarbert, What He Thinks of Crypto?

July 15 will mark the first day in the office for the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) new chairman, Heath Tarbert. As the crypto community is bidding farewell to the regulator’s outgoing head, J. Christopher Giancarlo, his successor’s stance on digital assets remains unknown. Turning to Tarbert’s record as a civil servant and …